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Written by Barbara
(10/12/2005 1:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sir Walter vs. Elizabeth, penned by Lia
First of all, Sir Walter thinks Elizabeth is beautiful and the fact that she is is important to him, so if there were an implied slight against her beauty, it wouldn't 'soften' anything for Sir Walter, IMO.
Secondly, Mr. Elliot's wife was beautiful, BUT she was also said to be in love with him--which Elizabeth could not claim, and to have had a large fortune, which again, Elizabeth could not claim.
So I don't think that Elizabeth was taking it personally in that sense. I also don't think her vanity could be so easily affected.
I only think that it 'softened the business' for Sir Walter but not for her because that particular combination of beauty, fortune and love as an inducement to matrimony meant something very particular (and capable of softening) to him. Elizabeth has no sentimental attachment to that particular combination of qualities.
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